June 20: Forum on "The Struggle Against Racism in the Obama Era"
- From the National Alliance Against Racist and Political
Repression/Chicago Branch (this event is free and open to the public;
please circulate widely):
June 4, 2009
Dear Members and Friends,
The second quarterly membership meeting of the National Alliance Against
Racist and Political Repression will be held on June 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM
at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, at 5710 W. Midway Park.
“The Struggle Against Racism in the Obama Era” is the topic of
discussion. We will bring together a panel of three outstanding
advocates of human rights. Cathy Cohen is David and Mary Winton Green
Professor of Political Science and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education
at the University of Chicago; Jorge Mujica is a journalist, union
organizer and a leader in the historic movement for immigrant rights
that has brought out hundreds of thousands into the streets of Chicago;
and Nancy Mikelsons is a Board Member of the Chicago Committee to Defend
the Bill of Rights and the former Chairperson of the Prison and Jails
Project of the John Howard Association.
The theme of the forum flows out of remarks that Angela Davis made at
our recent Human Rights Awards program. She observed, “As much as we
are told today that racism has receded and that President Obama’s
election was the last major blow to the racial barrier, that simply
isn’t true. The institutions of racism have very long memories and
even Blacks and Latinos continue to practice various forms of
prejudice.” She called for finding a “new language” for discussing
racism, e.g. language that does not allow discussion of race matters to
be called racist, but that focuses on white supremacy specifically and
not some generalized notion of racism.
A part of the discussion should center on the continual refusal of U. S.
Political leaders to face up to the on-going manifestation of white
supremacy in this country and their refusal to participate in the recent
Durban Review Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland to review
implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action against
Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
Your input is important in helping to turn discussion into a program of
action. Please come and bring a friend.
[A printable flyer for this even is attached.]
Yours in Struggle,